Scholarship portal wants HEI staff to further graduate studies

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Edukasyon.ph have tied up for an online platform meant for faculty and staff of higher-education institutions (HEIs) to fast-track their application for scholarships and eventually, with the expedited process, encourage more candidates, thus, helping increase the number of graduate degree holders among HEI faculty to 70 percent by 2021.

At present, only half of all HEI faculty in the Philippines hold graduate degrees, according to the CHED. Their counterparts in Vietnam and Malaysia hold 60 percent and 69 percent, respectively. What hinder them from completing further studies are heavy teaching loads, being recalled by their home institutions, and low salary. With the CHED’s K to 12 Transition Program, they are virtually free of these constraints, as it takes advantage of the period of low enrollment anticipated in the higher-education sector due to the full implementation of K to 12 to give chances for HEIs and their personnel to earn higher qualifications via scholarships and other grants.

A total of 15,000 scholarship slots are now available for qualified applicants as part of the government’s increased investment in scholarships and other grants.

The CHED and Edukasyon.ph online-partnership portal will allow more than 140 delivering higher-education institutions (DHEIs) under the program to accept online applications from faculty and staff scholars. This platform will ease the applications for the K to 12 scholarship and will enable DHEIs to feature innovative graduate programs, so that more faculty and staff scholars can enroll.

“Students need better access to information on educational opportunities and the requirements to avail themselves of these chances to pursue their undergraduate and graduate studies. Schools can provide this information online through their web sites where they can post scholarship information and application procedures,” said Lites M. Viloria, Edukasyon.ph CEO.

Over 4,000 nominees from different sending HEIs nationwide were chosen by the CHED for their Graduate Education Scholarships for Faculty and Staff.

“We want to help our nominees apply and qualify to their dream university and college in time for school opening this June and August. Through our online service, the CHED’s faculty and staff can now send applications to their preferred HEIs. The faster they can apply and qualify, the faster they can pursue their graduate studies,” said Henry Motte-Munoz, founder of Edukasyon.ph.

Edukasyon.ph is a social enterprise with a comprehensive database of senior-high schools, colleges, technical-vocational schools, scholarships and career pathways. At its portal, students can search and apply to schools all over the Philippines.

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Roderick L. Abad graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, with a degree course in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. He has 12 years of journalism experience, starting as a Special Features Writer in a major daily newspaper. In 2006, he moved to the BusinessMirror in the same capacity and, eventually, became a beat reporter. To his credit, he was a finalist in the 2011 Holcim Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction and the 2013 Lasallian Scholarum Awards. He remains affiliated with the BusinessMirror as a contributor.

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